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Vauxhall Mokka review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

With petrol, diesel and all-electric powertrain options, the Mokka offers something for lifestyle customers and business users alike

If you can see past the Mokka’s relatively high list prices, then there’s much to recommend about Vauxhall’s stylish small SUV. Choose any one of the standard combustion-engined models and you’ll benefit from great fuel economy, while for those who cover more miles the 1.5-litre diesel is other-worldly in its ability to keep going on a single tank of fuel. 

Vauxhall claims the 109bhp oil-burner is capable of 65.7mpg on the combined cycle, which means you should see almost 600 miles before having to visit a fuel station. CO2 emissions are also low at 114g/km, which results in a 25 per cent Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate for business users.

The Mokka-e is the standout model if you're looking for low running costs. Business users will see a Benefit-in-Kind rate of just one per cent, which means that a higher-rate company car taxpayer will only pay £138 per year. Recharging your car at home should also prove to be a cost-saver - plugging in at an average cost of 13p per kWh equates to around £667 for every 20,000 miles covered. In comparison, a 1.2-litre petrol version would take almost £3,000 of fuel to travel the same distance.

The 99bhp and 128bhp petrol versions with a six-speed manual gearbox both return an average of 51.4mpg, with CO2 emissions from 123g/km. Combining the most powerful petrol engine with the eight-speed auto transmission means a slight drop in economy to 47.9mpg, but also a rise in CO2 to 133g/km and a BiK rate of 30 per cent.

Insurance groups

Insurance premiums for the Mokka shouldn’t break the bank, with entry-level SE cars in group 13 and higher-spec models in groups 19-20.

Close rivals such as the Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq offer cheaper entry points into small SUV insurance, however, with base versions starting in groups 12 and 8, respectively.

Depreciation

Vauxhall passenger cars have often struggled to maintain decent values on the used market, although the second-generation Mokka with its striking looks, improved interior quality and choice of petrol, diesel and electric powertrains, appears to be a stronger bet than the previous model.

Over a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period the Mokka should keep hold of around 48 per cent of its original list price. This figure stands up well to comparison with the Renault Captur, but the Ford Puma is a stronger performer with 54 to 58 per cent of its value retained over the same period.

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